Some days are nice, others are grim but the Muse has a birthday every now and then on Thanksgiving Day - this is one of those years - Happy Birthday sweetheart.
We had special company for the birthday girl. Extra special is that Monica her cousin from Texas came ...
... and her sister Jill from California.
The turkey came and had a hot time.
Vivian, Monica's mom, came as well from Texas.
Of course, we picked up "Big" Ed to join in on the festivities.
We even got out special salt & pepper shakers.
Ed had a great time and occasionally got serious but smiled and laughed as well. He had a very good day.
Then Friday we drove the Musemobile up to Albany, OR to meet more family.
When we arrived Sharyn got a call from Matthew who will be flying in from Belgium for Christmas.
We came to Albany to have lunch with Louise, Texas again, and her Oregon family.
We met at Applebees at a really long table.
Jacob or is it Jakob got a Lego space ship and immediately started putting it together with his dad Jim watching.
I think he had it put together in about 3 minutes.
Jacob's mom Erin was talking to Vivian ...
...while Jim and Monica posed for a picture.
After lunch Erin, Diane (Louise's Friend from Eugene), Ed and Louise stopped for a shot.
I really like this picture of Erin, Jim and Jacob - what a great family.
We all went back to the Musemobile to visit a little longer and Jill and Louise sat near the helm of the SS Musemobile to talk.
Erin and Jim sat starboard.
Ed sat in the first mates seat and Vivian was to port. Meanwhile Monica walked the deck.
Vivian is a wonderful Aunt to Sharyn and Jill, Mother to Louise, Monica and Bart (hanging out in Colorado). She is a wonderful lady.
I really enjoyed a talk with Ed, a fine man who loves to sail but most of all a kind and gentle person.
Saturday we took off to Florence via Heceta for another view of the lighthouse.
It was a very misty day with huge waves and a high tide.
Even from a short distance you can see just how misty it was.
I found this highway department marker on a rock wall at the edge of a cliff 988 feet above the Pacific ocean,
Yes it was a very steep cliff.
We hit the main drag in Florence's "Old Town" and got this picture of a coffee house.
We had parked under the bridge in Florence, another beautiful Oregon bridge. We did have lunch at a nice restaurant and back home we went.
It's always a great Thanksgiving when it can be a time we break bread with family.
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Quote of the Day
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." ~ W. T. Purkiser